I love picking up little ornate pieces of furniture that need a just a bit of sprucing up. During my last shopping trip at a big antique mall in Ohio, I happened upon a lonely old telephone desk in need of a makeover. The price was right so I snatched her up and brought her home for a little TLC.
The bones of it were good but it was half green and half stained and quite dirty! The poor gal needed some life and some major brightening up.
I took a somewhat before picture. It was after I sanded off the loose paint and cleaned it. I also got anxious and slabbed on a few strokes of white paint:
It took about three thin coats of Behr Premium Plus in ultra pure white satin to get the right finish. I then sanded over then entire desk lightly with fine sand paper. To give it a little bit of a distressed look, I went over some of the edges a little more to let the stained wood show through. When I was finished sanding, I wiped the entire desk down with a damp rag. For an extra smooth finish, I then wiped on Minwax paste finishing wax.
I almost think the old vintage desk was standing taller and prouder after that little makeover! Here she is in all her glory:
But, you need to get up close and personal:
A distressed finished just screams for some old tattered books!
The desk top is now smooth like butter…..
I took a lot of pictures because she did a lot of posing! It was fun to take a tired and worn piece of furniture and give it a bright and youthful new look. I love the new addition in my office and it’s use will be none other than to display more found vintage treasures!